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Officials leery of request to extend two-hour parking
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It appears there will be no exceptions to the two-hour parking limit on Main Street for patrons of hair salons and barber shops. McMinnville Safety Committee members Mike Neal, chairman, Rick Barnes and Ken Smith met Tuesday night to discuss a request from Main Street McMinnville to allow for parking passes or parking validation for those businesses to use because the two-hour parking limit creates a particular inconvenience to them in the operation of their businesses.Main Street McMinnville co-director Brook Holmes says close to 75 percent of the customers to Vanessa’s Place, a beauty shop located across the street from McMinnville Fire Department, are there in excess of two hours.“Her patrons have to leave in the middle of their visit to go move their cars in an effort to avoid getting a parking ticket,” said Holmes. “This is posing a problem for her so we are trying to help her out with it.”Vanessa Dyer, owner of the shop, says the lengthy appointments are for chemical treatments of coloring or perms and some of those patrons prefer to set their appointments with family members and friends which makes the visit twice as long.“Our customers will come two at a time,” said Dyer.